“In his uplifting Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of TheaterNew York Times Magazine writer Michael Sokolove goes back to his suburban high school to profile the best teacher he had - the indomitable Lou Volpe, who for 40 years ran such a demanding and provocative theater program that the school was routinely selected to test-run adaptations of Broadway shows looking to break into the high school market (“Spring Awakening"; "Rent"). It would at first seem like “Drama High” will hew to a "Glee"-like narrative, but Sokolove (disclosure: a friend of mine) surprisingly and tenderly peels back the essence and commitment of the high school theater experience. He also charts Volpe’s slow not-quite-coming-out process and, at one point, brings up a central heartbreak: How the most eager (and probably gay) boys in drama club are never as desirable to the director as the idea of the jock who forsakes varsity athletics to audition for the leading-man role." - Hank Stuever, author of Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present”—The Best LGBT Books of 2013: 92 Writers Name Their Favorites - Band of Thebes
President Obama Shops Indie...and chooses Riverhead!
"President Barack Obama and his daughters, Sasha and Malia, went on what has become an annual book shopping spree on Saturday, stopping at a bookstore to promote an event called Small Business Saturday.
The First Family, in casual dress, stopped traffic in Politics and Prose, a tiny locally-owned store in Northwest Washington. They took time to mingle with camera-phone wielding shoppers before heading to the checkout. They purchased about two dozen books, including “The Lowland,” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe: Other stories” by Carson McCullers, “Red Sparrow” by Jason Matthews, and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini."
“It’s true that when the world did not end when I predicted it would, at the end of last year, in my Netflix special Ragnarok, I realized a number of things, one of which was that I had not made a lot of professional or creative plans on the contingency that the world would continue. I just figured that it would end.”—Greg Hunter interviewsJohn Hodgman at The Rumpus. (via millionsmillions)
Too busy to read ten books by November? We’ve got you covered. Hop over to Buzzfeed, where Riverhead has compiled a helpful guide to the National Book Award fiction and nonfiction finalists so you can seem in the know at your next literary cocktail party.
Not only is Lorde the hottest musician on the charts right now, she has excellent taste in literature! In a Q&A with Billboard, she reveals: “ I’ve been reading this book at the moment called “Battleborn,” by Claire Vaye Watkins. It’s such beautiful writing.”
NYC Friends! Don’t miss the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Food and Books Festival, this Saturday, October 5, featuring Jess Row, Alexander Chee, origami making, dumpling prep lessons and much, much more! Details below - see you there!